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Vietnam’s lush vegetation, scenic beaches, French-colonial architecture and alluring culture often give visitors a sense of timelessness. Hanoi’s old quarter and Hoi An’s ancient town retain their historic charms, with ideal settings for relaxation, while the magnificent Halong Bay serves as a popular spot for cruising, kayaking and exploring limestone grottos.
Vietnam is one of Asia’s most ecologically and culturally diverse countries. The beautiful scenery ranges from the cool mountains of the northwest, with cascading rice terraces in Sapa, through the narrow central coastal plains, home to some first-class beaches, especially around Da Nang and Nha Trang, to the Delta region of the Mekong River in the south.
The country offers great opportunities to trek in scenic valleys and to visit ethnic minority markets, with gatherings of brightly-dressed flowery Hmong people. Or you can sit in the roadside cafes of Hoi An’s ancient town, after visiting its historic buildings, its decorated Chinese community halls, or its rich variety of boutique shops.
Boarding a wooden sampan, and passing through narrow canals surrounded by dense plants, you will be amazed by life on the Mekong River, observing its floating markets and tasting the fresh fruit from nearby orchards.More
Vietnam is in a tropical region 11 degrees north of the equator. It borders with China, Laos and Cambodia, and covers approximately 331,231 square kilometers, with a narrow coastline stretching from the South China Sea to the Gulf of Tonkin.More
We select the top 6 destinations in Vietnam — the charming capital city Hanoi, with its Old Quarter more than 600 years old; the UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay, perfect for cruising and water activities; the idyllic Sapa, good for trekking and visiting minority villages; the old trading port Hoi An, with a rich cultural heritage; the cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City, with its colonial buildings and vibrant past; and the “rice basket” Mekong Delta, with tentacle-like waterways.
Here we provide the detailed practical information you will need for planning your trip to Vietnam. These guidelines are written by our specialists, based on their own travel experiences, with suggestions for activities and sights to see, and advice about transport and accommodation. We also present a culture section, introducing Vietnam’s arts and traditions.
There is always something special about traditional markets and local food. They are more than just trading places and means of filling the stomach. Warm greetings, good conversations and hands-on experiences are the best ways to connect with locals. Take a boat trip around Cai Rang floating market to see local farmers and vendors selling their fruit and flowers. All such products are proudly hung on a long pole. Visit the traditional markets, in which locals gather and trade daily commodities. The Vietnamese are passionate about food. Sign up for a cooking class to learn about ingredients for and how to cook Vietnamese cuisine. Take a street-food tour in the narrow alleys and wait at the stalls for the dishes.
Taking boat trips along sodden waterways and around traditional markets, wooden houses, and family farms is an experience of life
Organically grown produce, fresh flowers, high-quality textiles and locally-made handicrafts are just some of the items that await shoppers in Vietnam
Incorporating a cooking class into your Vietnam itinerary is the best way to learn in depth about Vietnamese cuisine
The local guide who knows the places for wonderful street food well, will take you to the authentic local ones that are not full of tourists
Aiming to inspire, the following itineraries give you some ideas for how to organize a trip to Vietnam. The itineraries have been designed to take in the main highlights. The first outlined here is a 9-day tour of Vietnam’s major cities: Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. If you would like to spend more time in any one of these cities or have an interest in the Angkor temple complex, our trip advisor will work with you to craft your own tailor-made trip.
Modern Ho Chi Minh City and indulge yourself in the history and wonders of ancient Cambodia.